“If you believe, then you hang on. If you believe, it means you’ve got imagination, you don’t need stuff thrown out for you in a blueprint, you don’t face facts––what can stop you? If I don’t make it today, I’ll come in tomorrow.” -Ruth Gordon Jones was an American film, stage, and television actress, as well as a screenwriter and playwright. Gordon began her career performing on Broadway at age nineteen. Though she wrote and appeared in countless famous and award-winning films, she did not receive an Academy Award until she was seventy-two years old.
In 1969, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Rosemary’s Baby. In accepting the award onstage, Gordon thanked the Academy by saying, “I can’t tell you how encouraging a thing like this is …” (exhorting laughter from the audience; at the time she had been in the business for fifty years and was seventy-two years old) “And thank all of you who voted for me, and to everyone who didn’t: please, excuse me”, prompting more laughter and applause.